Fans of K-Pop star B.I. have been left devastated after it was announced that the rapper is leaving the band iKON as well as YG Entertainment, the agency that represented him.The announcement comes following the news that 22-year-old B.I., real name Kim Han-bin, was allegedly caught attempting to purchase marijuana and LSD in 2016, as reported by Korean tabloid magazine Dispatch.In a post on Instagram, B.I. apologized for his actions and explained why he was leaving the band."First, I would like to sincerely apologize for stirring up trouble due to my tremendously inappropriate actions. It is true that I wanted to rely on something that I shouldn't have had any interest in due to going through a hard and painful time. However, I was too scared and fearful to do it," he said."Even so, I am so ashamed and apologetic to fans who were greatly disappointed and hurt because of my wrong words and actions. I intend to humbly self-reflect on my mistake and leave the team. Once again, I bow my … [Read more...] about Why Is B.I. Leaving iKON? K-Pop Star Kim Hanbin Quits After Illegal Drug Bust
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A petition by fans to reinstate K-pop star B.I. to the band iKON has attracted over 350,000 signatures, after the rapper dramatically left the group on Wednesday.The 22-year-old musician, real name Kim Han-bin, announced he was quitting both the band and YG Entertainment, the agency that represents him, after drug use allegations were labeled against him. Korean tabloid magazine Dispatch reported that B.I. was caught attempting to purchase marijuana and LSD in 2016, but the police did not investigate him.Upset fans have now created a Change.org petition calling for the singer to be reinstated to the band, called "HANBIN SHOULDN'T HAVE TO LEAVE IKON."The summary of the petition states: "Hanbin was accused by Dispatch of 2016 drug use on June 11, 2019. There has been an official statement released, informing us that YG Entertainment orders drug tests every month or so from the USA and NONE of the IKON members, INCLUDING HANBIN tested positive. Please get this out for Hanbin or YG … [Read more...] about B.I. Leaves iKON: Change Petition to Bring Back K-Pop Star Hanbin Hits 350,000
K-pop star Jung Joon-Young could face up to seven years in prison following a prosecutor’s request on 13 November based on charges of gang rape and spreading filmed footage of the alleged incident, Soompi reported. The 30-year-old former singer and songwriter has been on trial for allegedly raping and filming an unconscious woman in a hotel room back in March 2016, along with four other suspects, including the former leader of the band F.T. Island, Choi Jong-hoon. Jung Joon-Young reportedly admitted to having sex with a woman, but denied accusations of rape. Meanwhile, Choi Jong-hoon, who has been recommended to spend five years in prison for his role in the gang rape, has denied all the charges. Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram And He needs some rest. Публикация … [Read more...] about K-Pop Star Jung Joon-Young Could Face Up to 7 Years in Jail Following Accusations of Gang Rape
It seems every conversation about colourism in pop music must come back to Beyoncé. So it was when Mathew Knowles, record exec, former Destiny’s Child manager and Beyoncé’s father, appeared on SiriusXM radio to discuss research by Texas Southern University, where he is a visiting professor. Their study found that over a 15-year period it was lighter-skinned black women – the likes of Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and, of course, Beyoncé – who dominated Top 40 airplay. When asked how different Beyoncé’s career would have been had she been darker-skinned, Knowles was unequivocal: “I think it would’ve affected her success.” Indeed, Beyoncé descends, via her mother’s line, from Louisiana’s “Creoles of color” or “gens de couleur libres”, a distinct ethnic group in 17th- and 18th-century America, who developed from unions between Europeans and Africans and held … [Read more...] about Why do light-skinned women dominate the pop charts?
The lead singer of the popular K-Pop group SHINee, known primarily by his stage name of Jonghyun, was found unconscious Monday and later died, BBC News reported.Reports have varied on his age, but he was thought to be either 27 or 28. Police said suicide will be investigated as a potential cause of death, according to BBC News. According to South Korea's Yonhap news service, Jonghyun—whose birth name was Kim Jong-hyun—was found in a rented apartment in Seoul on Monday night, local time, after his sister called emergency responders, claiming she thought her brother may be harming himself."On 18 December, 2017 at 4:42 p.m., Jong-hyun's older sister reported to police that her brother was about to take his own life," a police statement said, according to The Independent. He was located not long after in the Gangnam district of Seoul.The Korean Herald reported the singer had sent texts saying his final goodbyes and that a medical team attempted to revive him at a hospital with … [Read more...] about What Was Jonghyun’s Cause of Death? K-Pop Singer From SHINee Found Dead From Possible Suicide
Two months is a long time in fashion. So Dior announcing back in March that Rihanna would be starring in its Secret Garden advertising campaign feels like ancient news. But, with the images finally being released today – in the same week it was revealed that Beyoncé may be the latest campaign star of Givenchy – it was worth the eternity of waiting. The pop star – who is the first black woman to be the face of the Parisian house – looks typically glam in red lipstick and matching talons, and also very much herself. Wearing a veil covered in crystals, leather gloves and a fur dress with a neckline down to the top of her ribs, Riri is posing in the palace of Versailles. But knowing her, she might well wear the outfit from the shoot to whatever Instagrammable antics she’s up to that same evening. Here is a woman who loves and wears her fashion at the edgy side of dressed-up, exactly the place where Raf Simons’ Dior sits. An alliance between the two … [Read more...] about Rihanna becomes Dior’s first black campaign star